17.10 - Usage Notes - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Teradata Vantageā„¢ - Geospatial Data Types

Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
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Release Date
July 2021
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Programming Reference
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English (United States)

ST_SphericalBufferMBR and ST_SpheroidalBufferMBR basically perform the same function, but with different performance and accuracy. ST_SphericalBufferMBR models the earth as a simple sphere, so it performs better than ST_SpheroidalBufferMBR, but with less accuracy. ST_SpheroidalBufferMBR models the earth as a spheroid, so it returns a more accurate MBR, but it runs slower than ST_SphericalBufferMBR.

The returned MBR cannot cross the longitude value of +/-180 or the latitude value of +/-90. The MBR cannot cover more than 180 degrees of latitude or longitude on the sphere or spheroid.